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Poster: adks12020 Date: May 15, 2013 10:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best livable towns / cities to live in for live music? (non-Dead)

The best is obviously subjective but lots of places can work out great if you want them to.

I live in Albany, NY - not exactly music city or a cultural center at all really. The general area gets a lot of good music though.

Furthur, Trey, Phish, Wilco, Dylan, DSO, moe., among others have all played, or will have played, in either Albany or Saratoga (25 minutes apart) between last fall and the end of the summer. Plus tons of great smaller bands like Marco Benevento, Charlie Hunter, Hot Tuna, NRPS, Anders Osborne, Melvin Seals, Bernie Worrell, John Scofield, MMW, and many others have been by or will be around soon. Plus there is Mountain Jam an hour away and all the great shows in Northampton, MA a little over an hour away.

If you want to be able to cab or walk to all the music it isn't great but if you have a car and are willing to drive an hour or less it's pretty great. There are at least 30-40 shows a year I want to see around the area and I usually catch at least 20-25. Sure, I don't get to see everyone I want to but because they only go to NYC and Boston but it works for me (and I do occasionally travel to NYC or Boston for shows).

I realize that doesn't really answer your question but I'm in a great mood about the music I'm in for over the next couple months so I had to chime in.

...oh yeah, super cheap cost of living around here too. Rent is about 1/5 the price of the Brooklyn neighborhood my girlfriend lived in previously.

This post was modified by adks12020 on 2013-05-15 17:22:31